rcgs resolute patagonia cruise

Chilean Fjords Expedition

  • Overview

    DISCOVER THE DRAMATIC FJORDS, GLACIERS AND PEAKS OF SOUTHERN CHILE

    The vast Patagonian ice-sheet that straddles the Andes mountains in South America is the third largest ice-mass on the planet, after Antarctica and the Greenland icecap. It is a remnant of the earth’s most recent ice age and dominates the landscape, ecology and geology of Patagonia. Immense glacial systems cut through towering mountains as they move inexorably towards the sea. Take a look at any map of the region and this action becomes immediately apparent, in the maze of fjords and islands that make up one of the earth’s last great remaining wilderness regions. Ancient boreal forests also tell a story of an evolving planet and the supercontinent of Gondwanaland. They are home to several species of flora only found in South America, New Zealand, and Australia’s most southerly state, Tasmania. Commencing in Ushuaia, we make our way north through a vast network of deep fjords and channels, occasionally venturing out to the Pacific Ocean as we navigate towards Valparaiso – Chile’s historic deep-sea port. We explore our surroundings by Zodiac boat, approaching huge glaciers and observing resident and migratory wildlife and birdlife. On shore, we enjoy hikes of varying durations to outstanding viewpoints, in the company of expert guides. In addition, visits to small coastal communities showcase the unique way of life of the hardy local inhabitants – telling a story of both indigenous and European settlement. It is hard to think of a more remote, pristine location and we’ll discover it all in the comfort of one of the world’s most capable expedition ships, RCGS Resolute. Combine with an Antarctic cruise and receive a 10% back to back discount.

    Duration: 13 days
    Passengers: 146 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Disembarkation Point: Valparaiso, Chile
    Physical rating: Soft Adventure
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: 1.5x - 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - Ushuaia: Embarkation Day

      We arrive in Ushuaia this morning and those passengers departing will disembark this morning. You should have some time to look around Ushuaia, returning to the ship mid-afternoon for departure.

      Our journey through Chile’s spectacular fjord region commences this afternoon in Ushuaia (Argentina). We gather at our central meeting point then transfer to the pier for embarkation. Excitement is in the air as we enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner before casting off, bound for the stunning landscapes of Patagonia, rugged coastal Chile and historic city of Valparaiso.

    • Day 2 - Garibaldi Fjord & Alberto de Agostino National Park

      During the night we have sailed in a westerly direction along the Beagle Channel, which separates Argentina from neighbouring Chile. This morning we enter Garibaldi Fjord, where two glaciers rise up towards a stunning mountain backdrop. We take to the Zodiacs for the first time and explore the glaciers from a safe distance. Resident wildlife in the fjord include South American sea lion and several species of birds including the Andean condor. In the afternoon, we arrive at Alberto de Agostino National Park. The park has been designated as a UNESCO biosphere reserve due to large tracts of ancient sub-Antarctic forest systems that cover much of the reserve. Naturalists believe these forests started growing around 10,000 years ago. There are some excellent hiking trails on shore or alternatively enjoy a Zodiac cruise along the shoreline.

    • Day 3 - Alberto de Agostino National Park & The Marinalli Glacier

      Our exploration of the national park continues this morning and we plan to explore both by Zodiac and on foot. The most famous of the park’s glaciers is the impressive tidewater Marinelli Glacier. This huge, crevasse-covered ice field spills from the Darwin Mountain range into Ainsworth Bay. From a
      distance, the glaciers can be heard creaking and groaning. Easy hikes in the lush Magellanic forests provide opportunities to spot birdlife and to immerse yourselves in some of the purest wilderness on the planet. We anticipate sightings of seals and possibly Magellanic penguins, which are known to inhabit this area. We continue our voyage, passing through the famous ‘Glacier Alley’ and into the Magellan Strait.

    • Day 4 - Punta Santa Ana & Historic Fort Bulnes

      This morning we make our way ashore by Zodiac boat to explore the promontory of Punta Santa Ana, where the historic ‘Fuerte Bulnes’ (Fort Bulnes) is located. Founded in 1843, the settlement was established both as a territorial claim and to protect the strategic Magellan Strait. Although none
      of the original structures remain, the fort has been faithfully reconstructed, offering outstanding views over the strait. We explore the grounds and visit the small church, barracks, powder magazine and log cabins. The fort was abandoned after a more permanent settlement was established further north, in present day Punta Arenas.

    • Day 5 - Southern Patagonia Fjord Exploration

      Today we cruise north along the rugged Chilean coastline and the views from the observation lounge and outer decks are breathtaking. Forested mountains, snow-capped peaks, waterfalls and glaciers continue for mile after mile. Enjoy the onboard talks and discussions hosted by our expert guides,
      covering a wide variety of subjects including history, wildlife, geology and glaciology as well as photography. Our ‘open bridge’ policy means you can also watch the Captain and officers steer the ship, learning something about navigation as well as having a look at the charts. For a bit of relaxation, why not soak in the hot tub or indulge in a massage at the day spa?

    • Day 6 - Torres del Paine National Park

      For many, today’s excursion is one of the highlights of the trip. After breakfast we head ashore and enter the national park. This iconic location boasts some of the most stunning mountain scenery in the world, with the celebrated 'towers' from which the park gets its name, looming above the surrounding plateau and glacier-fed lake systems. Powerful waterfalls surge through narrow channels between the lakes, and there are some excellent short hikes to lookouts and viewpoints, which all provide jaw-dropping views of the immense massif. The Guanaco (similar to a llama) is resident in the park and can be found in sizeable numbers grazing on the native grasses. We spend a full day here, soaking up the views from all directions.

    • Day 7 - White Narrows & Fjord Cruising

      We look forward to an exciting day of navigation today. A highlight will be the transit of the White Narrows – a channel of water just 80 meters wide. No doubt everyone will be on the outer decks watching as the Captain skillfully takes our ship through this challenging passage. More spectacular scenery is on offer today. The Bernal Glacier is a particular highlight and provides a textbook lesson in glaciology, featuring a large moraine, pushed forward by actions of the moving ice.

    • Day 8 - Bruggen Glacier & Messier Channel

      In a trip full of superlatives and highlights, today may well be near the top. Navigating into Eyre fjord, the vast sweep of the Brüggen Glacier comes into view. Often called the ‘Pio XI’, at almost 60 kilometres in length it is the largest glacier in the southern hemisphere outside Antarctica. From the low vantage point of our Zodiacs the sheer scale of the glacier face is overwhelming. It rises almost 70 metres above the surface of the water and is a staggering 4 kilometres wide. In the afternoon we sail into the Messier channel that separates continental South America from Wellington Island. Join the wildlife expert out on deck as we look for marine and bird life. It has been yet another exhilarating day of exploration.

    • Day 9 - Caleta Tortel

      After several days immersed in the glacial systems, fjords and forests, today we experience a visit to the small outpost of Caleta Tortel. Situated on a steep escarpment, the village has no roads but is instead connected via series of wooden walkways that connect houses and town services. Most
      residences have jetties as boats are virtually the only mode of transport – even the local fire engine is a boat! The area was first visited by Europeans in the 1950’s, while the indigenous people of the regions have lived in the area for much longer. Today the town is dedicated as a national monument. We have time to explore at our leisure, treading the boardwalks, observing local life and perhaps stopping for a chat with the locals.

    • Day 10 - At Sea

      We continue our journey north today, leaving the fjords and entering the Pacific Ocean. We sometimes encounter migrating whales that use the Humboldt current as an oceanic conveyor belt. The programme of presentations and discussions continues today, or you may choose to take a break, perhaps writing up your trip journal, or enjoying a good book in one of the comfortable lounges or on the sun deck.

    • Day 11 - Castro & Chiloe Island

      This morning we are in position close to the town of Castro – the provincial capital of the island of Chiloe. The town was founded in 1567 and is the third oldest city in Chile. It flourished when the early Jesuits chose to base their mission here. We make our way ashore and are immediately struck by the colourful houses built on stilts around the harbour. Known as ‘palafitos’, they are simple homes built by the local fisherman. The local markets are a highlight and showcase some of the most impressive crafts and textiles in all of Chile. Reboarding the ship in the afternoon we hug the coastline, hoping to see the snow-capped summits of numerous volcanoes that characterise this region.

    • Day 12 - Coastal Cruising & Mocha Island

      Located 35 kilometres off the coast of mainland Chile, the remote outcrop of Mocha Island is an important historic site. Inhabited for centuries by the indigenous Mapuche tribe, Europeans first discovered it in the mid-15th century. The island was frequented by pirates, as well as Sir Francis Drake,
      and legend has it that more than 100 shipwrecks lie in the surrounding waters. Weather conditions permitting, we make a shore landing where there are several hiking options. We hope to spot the resident sea lions and may be lucky to encounter whales. The rare Pink-footed shearwater can be also found on the island, nesting in burrows on the forested slopes.

    • Day 13 - Coastal Cruising Towards Valparaiso.

      As we make our way towards the historic port of Valparaiso, the educational presentations continue and we enjoy an entertaining voyage recap by our Expedition Leader. Join our photography expert in the multimedia room, where you can download and/or back up your precious images. Or spend time outside on the observation decks, in our spacious lounges or on the bridge. It’s a fitting time to reflect on a wonderful expedition. This evening we enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.

    • Day 14 - Valparaiso, Chile; Disembarkation day

      This morning we arrive at Valparaiso - the principal deep water port for Santiago, which is around 100 kilometres inland from the coast. After breakfast it is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers as we disembark RCGS Resolute. A transfer to downtown Santiago, via Santiago Airport, is provided for all guests, however Valparaiso is well worth a day or two of exploration if your schedule allows. Ride the historic funicular railways that still operate around the city and enjoy the bohemian atmosphere. Or spend some time exploring the celebrated Casablanca wine region located nearby.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your Captain and Expedition Leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Highlights & Activities

    Kayaking

    Gear up with the best kayaking gear in the industry, to experience one of the best paddling in the world for intimate experiences.

    USD 795 per person

    Experience Patagonia at close range

    Experience Patagonia at close range. Explore the narrow fjords and shallow bays of Fuegian Archipelago discover secluded waterfalls, tidewater glaciers, pristine beaches and rocky shorelines, hike through primeval sub-Polar forest, thousands of penguins, elephant and leopard seals, Andean condors and Caracara falcons.

  • Inclusions

    Expedition Gear Package

    A complementary expedition package is provided on a loan basis, upon boarding. Your package will include;

    - Windproof / waterproof expedition jacket and bib pants
    - Waterproof backpack
    - Comfortable insulated rubber boots
    - Water resistant binoculars
    - Trekking poles

    Digital Media Lab

    Use of multimedia room to download images. Lightroom, Adobe, Photoshop and card readers are available for use on MAC and PC computers

    On board photographers

    On board photographer will provide polar photography advice and assist in the multimedia room where you can download images to Lightroom, Adobe, Photoshop and card readers are available for use on MAC and PC computers

    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Comprehensive pre-departure material
    - Transfers on embarkation and disembarkation day
    - All accommodation and meals on board
    - Service taxes and port charges
    - All shore excursions and lectures in the itinerary

    Not included in your Expedition

    - International and internal flights that are not specified
    - Passport and Visa expenses
    - Pre and post-cruise accommodation
    - Expenses of personal nature including; Laundry / Bar / Beverages / Internet & Wifi
    - Travel insurance (mandatory)
    - Gratuities
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  • Vessel

    RCGS RESOLUTE

    Designed for passenger comfort, RCGS Resolute is modern, well appointed, safe and ice-strengthened. Take a look at some of the superb facilities aboard, including numerous passenger areas designed for relaxation and our onboard educational programming. Quite simply, she is one of the most comfortable and capable expedition ships in the world today. Built in Rauma Finland in 1993, RCGS Resolute offers a Lloyds 1AS ice class (the highest ice rating possible for passenger ships), external stabilizers, incredible comfort and a variety of spacious interior and exterior viewing areas. The most recent refurbishment of the vessel included a complete cabin redecoration featuring new carpet and furniture throughout. One Ocean Suites feature queen beds. In all other cabins, the bed configuration is available in either a queen or two single beds (triple cabins feature two single beds and an additional lower single berth). All cabins include: private washroom, ample storage, writing desk and chair, fridge, flat screen entertainment system with in-house intranet, sectional corner lounge, 100% cotton OOE bathrobes, custom blend natural Canadian made amenities, black out blinds, complimentary water bottle and in room tea and coffee station. Superior cabins and above feature additional inclusions. For all guests, a full expedition gear package is included and features a waterproof jacket and pants, rubber boots, Nordic trekking pole, binoculars and water proof backpack.

    Features & Facilities
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 5
    Guests #: 146
    Crew #: 100
    Ice Class: 1A Super
    Speed: 16
    Refurbished:
    Technical Specs
    Year built: 1993
    Length: 112m
    Width: 17
    Draft: 4
    Tonnage: 6752
    Registry:
    Elec Outlets: 2 Round Plugs
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Triple Private Cabin

28 Mar 2020 - 09 Apr 2020
These cabins are a popular choice for solo travellers willing to share, a family, or a group of friends travelling together.
USD 6,495pp
USD 5,295pp
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Twin Private

28 Mar 2020 - 09 Apr 2020
Spacious and well appointed, these cabins are situated on Deck 4.
USD 7,995pp
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Superior Cabin

28 Mar 2020 - 09 Apr 2020
Located forward on Deck 5 the Superior cabins have the option for either a queen or two single beds.
USD 8,295pp
USD 7,095pp
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Superior Plus

28 Mar 2020 - 09 Apr 2020
Located on deck 5 these cabins are spacious and well appointed with the option for either a queen or two single beds.
USD 8,695pp
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Shackleton Suite

28 Mar 2020 - 09 Apr 2020
Suites include the comfort of a sectional lounge, writing desk, substantial floor to ceiling cabinetry, and washroom facilities with shower.
USD 8,995pp
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One Ocean Suite

28 Mar 2020 - 09 Apr 2020
The One Ocean Suites are situated on Deck 6 and offer an indulgent amount of space.
USD 11,195pp
USD 9,995pp